Renting vs Buying
Posted 17 June 2005 - 01:34 PM
I'll give you an example from my own experience. I was the DP for a student short. We had six days to cover 15 pages: days, nights, interiors, and exteriors. No problem. My producer/director said we had about 5k for a budget. So he asked what camera could we buy. I responded well for 5k we can buy camera A, B, or C. But we won't have any left for lights, grip, sound, and food. I asked if he would consider renting. I contacted several rental houses, was quoted several camera, light, grip, and sound packages (all discounted), and returned to the director. We found one package with a camera that was superior to A, B, and C, and would have cost twice our budget to buy. In the end we secured the camera, lights, grip, sound, and insurance for six days for $1,200.00. Now that?s a deal!
What are your feelings on this subject? When would you suggest a rental over purchase and vice versa?
Posted 17 June 2005 - 02:19 PM
To sum it all up, you're going to find this:
1. If someone else is paying for the production, and/or you're shooting continuously, then rent.
2. If it's your money, and you'll be shooting randomly (nights, weekends, whenever, at the drop of the hat) and/or you KNOW you're going to be shooting other projects in the same manner, and renting for this, and those projects would cost more than buying, etc., then buy.
Posted 17 June 2005 - 02:36 PM
Usually it's a timing thing. I shoot a lot of long drawn-out documentary, odd days over months, which is clearly the time to own But equally, productions like that often don't demand enormously high end kit. I just have a reasonably respectable standard-def ENG style outfit.
Posted 17 June 2005 - 09:34 PM
At least that's my 2 cents.
Posted 17 June 2005 - 09:42 PM
That's a different issue than whether to own or buy equipment for professional work.
Posted 18 June 2005 - 08:40 AM
If you want to do some personal stop frame animation stuff that's going to take a long time (which was true many years ago for me) than buying a Bolex or a Scoopic is not such a bad idea.
Alot of music vidos get shot on these not too expensive cameras and the results are great.
Buying an ArriCam is entirely a different story.
I've gotten some jobs because I owned a camera but owning a camera is no guarantee of that.
Having a camera available at any time day or night to shoot stuff at one's leisure is a good thing I believe. Just don't go overboard and spend beyond your means.
Just my 2 cents.
Posted 18 June 2005 - 12:09 PM